Does eight world titles projection undersell Hamilton's potential?
Lewis Hamilton's new one-year deal with Mercedes has given renewed strength to theories he will depart Formula 1 with eight world championships. But these underestimate factors he will be considering and also how many titles he could win
There is a strong school of thought that Lewis Hamilton's one-year contract extension with Mercedes means he is now set on a path to walk away from Formula 1 after clinching an eighth world title - taking the record for most championships solo in 2021.
But this underestimates several important factors in Hamilton's case - it's worth recalling that late last season he said he'd "earned the right or the position so far to be able to stay for a decent amount of time" ahead with Mercedes - and when taking these into account a new narrative emerges. It's also one that could yet defy an age-old expectation.
George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move
In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year
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Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences
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